“Bagama’t inaasahan natin ang mababang marka sa pag-aaral na ito, magsisilbi itong gabay upang iangat ang kalidad ng edukasyon sa bansa,” Gatchalian said in a statement. MANILA – Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian hasunderscored the urgency of improving the standard of education in the country,citing the results of a global survey where the Philippines ranked lowest inReading Comprehension and second to the lowest in both Math and Science. Aside from improving the curriculum, Gatchalian reiterated CHED’s role in ensuring that the next generation of teachers should be well-equipped to teach young Filipinos under the K to 12 program. “Mahalagang masiguro natin na mahuhusayang ating mga guro lalo na’t sumasalamin sa kanila ang kakahayan ng mgamag-aaral,” he said. Gatchalian, Senate education committeechairman, said the results of the 2018 Organization for Economic Cooperationand Development’s Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) conductedamong 600,000 students in 79 countries should serve as a guide to improve thequality of education in the country. “Kung gagamitin natin ang datos at mga rekomendasyon sa pag-aaral na ito, mas mauunawaan natin kung ano ba ang mga suliranin sa ating sistema ng edukasyon at kung paano ba natin iaangat ang kalidad nito,” he added. “Kung nais nating umangat ang katayuan natin sa PISA, kailangang pagtuunan natin ng pansin ang tamang pagpapatupad ng programang K to 12. Ngunit hindi natin ito gagawin dahil lang gusto nating tumaas ang marka natin sa PISA, ang pinakamahalagang usapin dito ay ang kakayahan at kahandaan ng ating mga mag-aaral upang magkaroon sila ng magandang kinabukasan,” Gatchalian said./PN Gatchalian also pointed out the need forstronger links between the Department of Education and the Commission on HigherEducation (CHED). PISA is a triennial study that measures15-year-olds’ ability to use their knowledge and skills in Reading,Mathematics, and Science to meet real-life challenges. According to Gatchalian, the pivot from access to quality would entail additional investments in quality learning materials and the capacity-building of teachers, as well as a more focused curriculum. In line with this, Gatchalian said it is also important to ensure that the teachers are really capable of teaching. The recently released Program for International Student Assessment 2018 results put the Philippines at the bottom of 79 countries when it came to reading, science and mathematical skills. ABS-CBN NEWS
Explore further Citation: Self-driving cars with no in-vehicle backup driver get OK for California public roads (2018, February 28) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-self-driving-cars-in-vehicle-backup-driver.html ©2018 The Mercury News (San Jose, Calif.) Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. “This is a major step forward for autonomous technology in California,” DMV director Jean Shiomoto said after the state’s Office of Administrative Law approved new regulations Monday.”Safety is our top concern and we are ready to begin working with manufacturers that are prepared to test fully driverless vehicles in California.”Robot cars have been allowed on the state’s public roads for testing since September 2014, but a safety driver behind the wheel has been required.A form of backup will still be mandatory, for a time.”Under these regulations, driverless cars being tested on public roads must have a remote operator monitoring the car, ready to take over as needed,” Recode reported Monday.”That remote operator—who will be overseeing the car from a location outside of the car—must also be able to communicate with law enforcement as well as the passengers in the event of an accident.”California’s move was immediately attacked by Consumer Watchdog, which said the “disengagement reports” companies file with the DMV when human backup drivers have to take over show the technology isn’t ready for remote control. Operation of the vehicles from afar would transform the testing of autonomous cars into “a deadly video game that threatens highway safety,” the consumer advocacy group said.When companies are prepared to put their self-driving cars to use in transporting the public, “the remote operator is no longer required to take over the car, just facilitate communication while it monitors the status of the vehicle,” according to Recode.In order to transport members of the public, a robot car must have a data recorder, defenses against cyber attack and “false vehicle control commands,” plus “the ability to display or transfer vehicle owner or operator information in the event of a collision,” the DMV said in a news release.Fifty car makers and technology companies—including Google spin-off Waymo, GM, Tesla, Ford, BMW, Toyota, Honda, Mercedes Benz and Volkswagen—have permits for testing autonomous vehicles with safety drivers on California public roads, the DMV reported.Waymo late last year began testing autonomous minivans in Arizona with no safety driver behind the wheel and it plans to run an autonomous-vehicle ride-sharing program there.Uber said in September that its robot-car testing program had seen the vehicles travel two million miles, and the San Francisco ride-hailing giant suggested in January it would start carrying passengers in autonomous vehicles some time next year.The firm’s Advanced Technology Group chief Eric Meyhofer said Uber wouldn’t deploy driverless cars without human backup until the technology was proved safe, The Denver Post reported.”Once we can check that box, which we call passing the robot driver’s license test, that’s when we can remove the vehicle operator,” Meyhofer told the paper. “We’re going aggressively, too.”However, Uber in February settled a lawsuit by Waymo accusing it of using stolen Waymo self-driving technology, in a deal that requires the ride-hailing company to work to ensure it doesn’t use any of Waymo’s technology.Uber has denied it had Waymo’s technology, and it remains unclear whether the lawsuit and settlement may have affected Uber’s autonomous-vehicle program. Uber close to scrapping human backups in self-driving cars (Update) Self-driving cars with no human backup behind the wheel will be legal on California roads for testing and transporting the public starting April 2. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.